triv·​ia | \ˈtri-vē-ə \

Definition of trivia 

: unimportant matters : trivial facts or details also singular in construction : a quizzing game involving obscure facts

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The ground rules are fairly straightforward: Three contestants, all of whom must carry some college debt, go head-to-head on a series of trivia questions, including a few related to education. Daniel Arkin /, NBC News, "New game show 'Paid Off' offers chance to eliminate student loan debt," 10 July 2018 The trivia answer: Gus Williams' Seattle SuperSonics edging Phoenix on a huge Game 7 from Jack Sikma, and Elvin Hayes' Washington Bullets rallying from 3-1 down to survive San Antonio. Greg Cote, miamiherald, "Why the Rockets and LeBron's Cavaliers have both NBA series headed to Game 7s | Miami Herald," 17 May 2018 With no baby inside, searchers followed a trail from the car of personal items that included baby formula, a diaper bag, children’s trivia cards, and eventually a baby carrier. Jeff Truesdell,, "Montana 'Miracle' Baby: Suspect Allegedly Buried Boy in Mountains Because He Was 'Very Heavy'," 11 July 2018 Throwing out some facts, figures and other trivia ahead of next Tuesday’s Midsummer Classic. Ed Barkowitz,, "Baseball All-Star Game rosters, TV, streaming info, stats and some Phillies' history," 9 July 2018 Trivia time The previous trivia question: How did Hungarian immigrant Agaston Haraszthy, who helped launch California’s wine industry, die? Gary Kamiya,, "The original Grizzly Adams kept his bears on a chain in SF," 7 July 2018 But comedian Michael Torpey says a comedy trivia show is actually a perfect way to highlight the the absurdity of the student loan problem, which now impacts about 44 million Americans—or 18% of all U.S. adults. Lucinda Shen, Fortune, "New TruTV Game Show Lets Student Borrowers Compete to Tame Their Debt," 5 July 2018 The new app includes out-of-park experiences such as trivia competitions and music playlists tied to Apple Music, Soto said. Dewayne Bevil,, "New Play Disney Parks app brings mobile gaming into ride lines," 2 July 2018 And with the Disney trivia feature, there’s sure to be something for everyone to enjoy as guests can discover fun facts about their favorite theme parks. Shelley Caran, ajc, "Everything you need to know about Toy Story Land at Disney's Hollywood Studios," 29 June 2018

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First Known Use of trivia

1920, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for trivia

New Latin, back-formation from Latin trivialis

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The first known use of trivia was in 1920

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English Language Learners Definition of trivia

: unimportant facts or details

: facts about people, events, etc., that are not well-known


noun plural
triv·​ia | \ˈtri-vē-ə \

Kids Definition of trivia

: interesting facts that are not well-known

Hint: Trivia can be used as a singular or a plural in writing and speaking.

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